There is nothing quite like coming back home to a clean floor after being away for the day. And as much as we love our Roomba, we don’t like it when it starts talking. But then again, perhaps Roomba knows best sometimes due to something not getting vacuumed. We just wish it were still somehow happy on our floor.
When you’re sleeping at night and suddenly hear a Roomba error code beeping, it can be a bit annoying. That’s because, if your Roomba is a bit finicky, it might have some more faulty parts than you thought and keep on blinking. When this happens, please check to make sure there are no more errors or issues that need solving.
If you don’t want them to talk endlessly in your ear, you’ll need to silence them. How do you do that? This article will cover how to put a stop to the endless chatter of your Roomba unit and how to silence it.
- Can you silence Roomba?
- How to stop Roomba from talking final thoughts
Can you silence Roomba?
Unfortunately, the Roomba doesn’t turn off its vocal commands. This is done to prevent any sort of danger that might occur if users ever decided it would be a good idea to ‘disable voice prompts together.’
Many customers have complained that they’re unable to maintain a healthy and regular sleeping cycle after purchasing the Roomba. Many customers claim that the device can get stuck easily, which results in frequent false alarms at night and prevents them from getting a good rest.
Robot vacuums are quieter than upright vacuum cleaners, but they will still make noise. It is highly recommended to shut your Roomba off before going to bed at night so as not to trouble anyone nearby with the sound of the vacuum running.
The best schedule for cleaning your home is to run your Roomba robot vacuum during the daytime when you’re out of the house and then turn it off at night so that it’s not running while you’re asleep.
The only way to shut the Roomba up is to remove its speaker. But taking it out will void your warranty, so be gentle and careful if you try to disassemble the Roomba.
How to Silence Roomba?
Here is the step-by-step guide on how to disassemble and remove speakers to silence a Roomba vacuum.
1. Remove Dustbin and Brushes
The first step to getting to the speakers is to remove the bin from the bottom of your robot vacuum. Next, remove the two main front brushes, and then at last take out the side brush on the side of your gadget. Make sure you turn off your device before you continue to put any work into it or else it will start up without you being ready for a cleaning.
2. Remove the Bottom Plate
The next step is to remove the bottom plate of the Roomba. There are 4 screws underneath where the cleaning bin has attached that need to be removed before you can take out the bottom part. Don’t lose the screws when unscrewing them, put them in a safe place for later use.
It’s important to know where all of your parts are so you have them close when you go to fix something. One way that people who like repairs can help keep things in order is by getting a small container so that they can sort the screws and other pieces into tidy little packages according to types, sizes, and shapes.
3. Remove the Battery Pack
Remove the batteries by pulling the two green plastic tabs on each end of the battery pack.
4. Remove the Bumper Plate
Bumper Plates require 10 small screws to remove. After removing all screws, you will pull up the arc plate lightly, taking care not to damage the rubber surface of your bumper plates with sharp edges from the interior ring.
5. Remove the Sensor
The Roomba bumper plate can be picked up and removed by pulling it away from the device. You will also have to remove the sensor. Be careful with its removal as you could tear a cable; correctly fixing this cable is a very complicated matter.
Remove the two screws and remove the sensor carefully. The piece of plastic is small, but could tear easily if handled carelessly – take care to place it in a safe place and don’t lose it.
You should now be able to take the bumper out. Please do not break anything in the process and put the bumper somewhere safe.
6. Remove the Cover Plate
Slowly rotate the Roomba so that it’s properly orientated again. The bottom plate of the object has already been removed, so use caution when attempting to remove the top plate of the object and prevent damage to this component. When properly placed onto the device, a clicking noise should be heard as confirmation of proper assembly before proceeding to the next step. A flat screwdriver can be used as a tool for exerting precise pressure on certain areas of the top cover plate and effectively eases removal while preserving the structural integrity of this component.
7. Remove the Top Cover
There are 10 Philips screws on the top cover holding it in place. To remove the cover, take the screws and the top cover off.
8. Locate and Disconnect the Speaker
Now it’s time to look for the Roomba’s speaker and unplug it. You don’t need to physically remove it to stop the robot from talking. You just need to unplug it from the motherboard.
Disconnect the speaker on a Roomba by carefully pulling the plastic piece out of its casing. Don’t pull too hard as it might tear the wire. Once you’ve separated the wiring from its connector, the Roomba will not make any sounds.
9. Put the Roomba back together
If you take the Roomba apart and follow the steps in reverse, then your Roomba will be put together again. This is where it’s good to keep everything labeled so you don’t have to worry about losing any of the small pieces. I have also found that writing down all of the numbers from the various screws that I remove beforehand helps out a lot, as sometimes some screws are harder to tell apart.
How to stop Roomba from talking final thoughts
All it takes is a screwdriver, about 20-30 minutes of your time, for you to complete this task. Believe me when I say that it will be worth it once the Roomba is finally silent. Until iRobot figures out how to silence the Roomba or at least allow customers to silence them, this workaround will be the only way to stop the Roomba from talking. Disconnecting the speaker will be a good temporary solution until iRobot is able to respond better appropriately as they might be able only then to fix any sort of noise problem that might be happening with these devices.